Plate Tectonics Unit Information

Plate Tectonics Unit Information

Author: Karisa Mantey

Students explain how scientists study and model the interior of the Earth and its dynamic nature. They use the theory of plate tectonics, the unifying theory of geology, to explain a wide variety of Earth features and processes and how hazards resulting from these processes impact society.


Basic Plate Tectonics: Early evidence for the movement of continents was based on the similarities of coastlines, geology, faunal distributions, and paleoclimatelogical data across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In the 1960s, additional evidence from marine geophysical surveys, seismology, volcanology, and paleomagnetism resulted in the development of the theory of plate tectonics.

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Student Learning Target Checklist

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Constructed Response Questions

These are the constructed response questions that need to be answered at the end of each section.

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Plate Tectonics Final Project

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Plate Tectonic Final Project

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Quiz Star Link

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